The Cook Labor Government has unveiled the preferred design and location for a new container terminal in Kwinana.
lanning for a new container terminal has been ongoing for a number of years, with modelling consistently showing Fremantle Port and its surrounding roads will reach capacity within the next two decades. Fremantle Port currently imports and exports around 800,000 containers annually, but this is expected to grow to more than three million containers over the next 50 years.
The preferred design includes:
- a container terminal adjacent to the shoreline of the current Kwinana Bulk Terminal;
- a new breakwater to provide enhanced protection to the port and docked ships;
- upgrades to key freight roads leading to and from the new container terminal including Anketell Road, Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway;
- duplication of the freight rail between the container terminal and Cockburn; and
- upgrades to key intermodal terminals (IMT) at Kenwick and Forrestfield, and the delivery of a new IMT at Kewdale – establishing a key logistics hub east of Perth where existing industrial land can support significant business activity.
- The design of the container terminal will allow it to cater to larger ships than the existing Fremantle terminal and incorporates redevelopment of the ageing Kwinana Bulk Terminal jetty.
The location will also avoid impact on other critical public infrastructure including Water Corp’s desalination plant and Synergy’s power plants.